Max Westwater in London

About Me


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Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Robotics Engineering and Computer Science double major


I’m a Senior at Worcester Polytechnic Institute pursuing a double major in Robotics Engineering and Computer Science graduating in May of 2020.

I am actively looking for a full time position in Robotics Engineering and Software Engineering.

I enjoy working on difficult, interdisciplinary problems at the intersection of hardware and software. I always look forward to leveraging my diverse set of skills on whatever project I may be working on. If you have an opportunity please contact me.


Amazon Robotics

Software Engineering Intern


In the summer of 2019 I worked as a Software Engineering Intern at Amazon Robotics in their Westborough, Massachusetts research facility. I worked on the Machine Learning team to develop computer vision algorithms for background subtraction.

In this project I developed and interacted with computer vision models hosted on AWS SageMaker. In addition to the technical development, I conducted analysis to determine potential performance benefits of implementing the project in the production environment.

The project demonstrated successful results causing the production team to pick up this project for further exploration.

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Moog Space and Defense Group

Systems Engineering Intern


In the summer of 2018 I worked as a Systems Engineer at the Moog Space and Defense Group in East Aurora, NY. At Moog, I worked on a project for a space launch vehicle actuation system.

This project was in the development testing phase. My responsibilites included, designing testing procedures to validate system performance and verify customer specification; and developing automated data processing and organization scripts in MATLAB to analyse data from the test console.

For this project I also participated in the projects weekly systems engineering status meetings with Moog project leaders and the customer reviewing challenges and milestones for the project.

In addition to my responsibilites for the space launch vehicle actuation system project, I also worked with the Moog Advance Research team to integrate new navigation and obstacle avoidance sensors using the ROS framework for their robotics testing platform.


Cornell University Organic Robotics Lab

Research Assistant


My senior year in high school I was accepted into the New Visions program and had he opportunity todo reseach in the Cornell Organic Robotics Lab

In the lab I worked alongside PhD students on the design, production, and testing of soft robotics systems. I modeled parts and molds using SolidWorks and printed them on a custom stereolithography (SLA) 3D printer. I also then programmed robot controls using an Arduino interface.

This was a great experience, that also afforded me the opportunity to be the co-author of a paper presented at the 2016 International Symposium on Experimental Robotics










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FIRST Robotics Competition Team 5254    Project Info

President, Co-founder, Mentor


My passion for designing, building, and programming found an outlet in robotics when I helped found FIRST Robotics Competition Team 5254 in my sophmore year at high school.

I served as the team's President, lead CAD, lead programmer, and driver working on almost all aspects of the team - on everything from design, to fabrication, to programming, to branding, to fundraising, and outreach.

I now mentor my team and am active in the FRC community. During the past few summers I have lead off-season technical training programs that cover the engineering design process through initial concepts, basic sketches, technical specifications, and finally a full CAD model with design and analysis documentation.

Experience    Resume

Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA — Class of 2020

  • Robotics Engineering and Computer Science Double Major
  • GPA: 3.85/4.0
  • Courses:
    • Robotics Engineering: Robotics I - Actuation, Robotics II - Sensing, Robotics III - Kinematics, Robotics IV - Navigation
    • Computer Science: Object Oriented Design, Software Engineering, Machine Learning, Webware, Systems, Algorithms, Databases
    • Computer Engineering: Digital Circuit Design, Embedded Computing, Controls
    • Mechanical Engineerings & Physics: Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, Statics
    • Math: Calculus I - IV, Differential Equations, Statistics, Probability, Linear Algebra
  • Clubs and Organizations:
    • Rho Beta Epsilon: WPI Robotics Engineering honor society
    • Upsilon Pi Epsilon: Computer Science Honor Society
    • WPI Robotics Club: VexU, WPI Robot in 3 Days, and combat robotics
    • CollabLab: On campus makerspace
    • Savage Soccer: Game design for a robotics competition hosted at WPI each year
    • Crimson Key: Tour guide for prospective students to WPI
  • Lead Student Assistant: Robotics Engineering 3000 Level Courses

Charles O. Dickerson HS, Trumansburg, NY— Class of 2016

  • GPA: 4.0/4.0 (6th overall in class)
  • Clubs: FIRST Robotics (President), National Honor Society, Student Council (Treasurer)
  • Athletics: Varsity Soccer (Captain), Baseball, Indoor Track
  • Particpated in the Cornell New Visions Program my senior year.

Amazon Robotics, Westborough, MA
Software Engineering Intern

May 2019 - August 2019

  • Worked on Machine Learning team to develop computer vision algorithms for background subtraction
  • Developed and interacted with computer vision models in python hosted on AWS SageMaker
  • Conducted analysis to determine potential benefits of implementing project in production
  • Demonstrated successful results causing the team to pick up this project for further exploration

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Robotics Department, Worcester, MA
Lead Student Assistant - RBE 3000

March 2019 - Present

  • Managed 3000 level robotics labs and helped oversee other student assistants
  • Instructed students in lab on robot arm kinematics, mobile robot navigation, and ROS

Moog Space and Defense Group, East Aurora, NY
Systems Engineering Intern

May 2018 - August 2018

  • Worked as a systems engineer in the development testing phase of a space launch vehicle actuation system
  • Designed testing procedures to validate system performance and verify customer specification
  • Developed automated data processing and organization scripts in MATLAB to analyse data from test console
  • Participated in weekly systems engineering status meetings with customer on challenges and milestones
  • Integrated new navigation and obstacle avoidance sensors using ROS for the Moog robotics testing platform

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Robotics Department, Worcester, MA
Student Assistant - RBE 2001

January 2018 - March 2019

  • Work in the Robotics Lab to assist students with projects
  • Hold office hours to assist with student questions regarding assignments
  • Managed GitHub organization for student lab teams code

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Admissions Office, Worcester, MA
Tour Guide

October 2016 - Present

  • Lead tours for prospective students and their parents
  • Answer question and provide coordination during admissions events

Software Development Consultant, Trumansburg NY
Programmer

June 2016 - August 2016

  • Developed an online quoting system for renewable energy installers
  • Programmed an ASP.NET website and MS SQL Server database
  • Managed source control using GitHub

WPI Software Engineering Term Project - Customer Submission and Approval Application

January 2019 - March 2019

  • Served as lead engineer for team of 10 students to develop a Java application in 5 weeks
  • Followed agile development practices with one week sprints to manage deliverables
  • Won best application in 3/4 evaluations and best special feature twice
  • Utilized Java, JavaFX, and MongoDB to develop full stack desktop application

WPI Robotics Engineering 3002 Final Project - Mobile Robot Navigation using ROS

March 2019 - May 2019

  • Programmed Turtlebot 3 using ROS in Python to navigate a maze
  • Implemented A* pathfinding and frontier exploration to map robot's environment
  • Implemented Pure Pursuit control algorithm for robot to follow smooth arcs along path

WPI Robotics Engineering 3001 Final Project - 3 DOF Robotic Arm

August 2018 - Present

  • Utilized HID communication between MATLAB in Ubuntu and a microcontroller on the robotic arm
  • Implemented forward and inverse kinematics for both joint and task space level control
  • Generated trajectories between task space coordinates for smooth motion between setpoints

WPI Robotics Engineering 2002 Course - Final Project    Project Info

October 2017 - December 2017

  • Designed, built, and programmed an autonomous maze navigation and flame extinguishing robot
  • Implemented position tracking to localize the robot inside the maze
  • Programmed algorithm to locate a candle using an I2C IR camera and robots position data
  • Developed state machine for the robots autonomous decision making

WPI Robotics Engineering 2001 Course - Final Project    Project Info

August 2017 - October 2017

  • Designed, built, and programmed an autonomous robot to complete a mock nuclear reactor challenge/li>
  • Modeled and analysed 4-bar linkage mechanism in Solidworks to acquire ‘fuel rods’
  • Programmed Arduino control system for robots control loops (PID)
  • Implemented bluetooth communication to send tasks to and receive status messages from the robot

WPI VexU Team - Design/Programming

September 2016 - present

  • Designed robot components in CAD with VEX parts and custom 3D printed components
  • Programmed adaptive autonomous routine that could be changed depending on opponent
  • Won the Think Award at the World Championship for having the best autonomous mode
  • Teach newer members about proper design and building practices

WPI FRC Robot in 3 Days Team (Ri3D) Project Info

October 2017 - present

  • Developed strategy, designed and built a robot for the 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition in 3 days
  • Shot and produced educational videos and white papers on the engineering decisions, design process, strategy, build, and final robot to help students

WPI Combat Robotics Hackathon 2018 - Winner

September 2018

  • Won 2 day long hackathon for designing, fabricating, and competing with a 1LB battlebot
  • Iterated designs, 3D printed components, to optimize the reliability and damage output for weight class

FRC F4 CADaThon 2017 - Winner    Project Info

January 2017

  • Winner of a 72 hour CAD design competition
  • Member of the winning team composed of myself and other FRC members from around the country

Cornell Organic Robotics Lab & Verifiable Robotics Research Group , Ithaca, NY — Research Assistant

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September 2015 - June 2016

  • Co-author of a paper presented at the 2016 International Symposium on Experimental Robotics
  • Work alongside PhD students on the design, production, and testing of soft robotics systems
  • Modeled parts and molds using SolidWorks to be printed on a custom stereolithography (SLA) 3D printer
  • Programmed robot control using an Arduino interface

New Visions in Life Sciences ProgramVice President

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September 2015 - June 2016

  • Accepted to a program for students in the surrounding 10 school districts to work on Cornell University my senior year
  • Conducted research alongside PhDs in a Cornell University lab
  • Organized events to raise awareness and money for world hunger and sustainability
  • Advised on creation of the new New Visions in Engineering program created for the 2017-18 school year
  • Studied marine and resource conservation at Shoals Marine Laboratory

FIRST Robotics Competition Team 5254 - President and Founding Member    Project Info

www.frc5454.com

October 2013 - June 2016 (Student)
July 2016 - Present (Mentor)

  • Founded the team with two other students in sophomore year of highschool
  • Team President for 3 years in addition to being the programming lead, CAD lead, and robot driver
  • Coordinated team activities to keep everyone on schedule
  • Communicated with judges at events about our robot features and outreach events
  • Developed teams logo and website
  • In my senior year our 2016 Robot won Industrial Design Award and Quality Award

Capital District Printathalon 2015, SUNY Polytechnic - Winner    Project Info

September 18th-20th 2015

  • Winner of a 24 hour 3D printing design competition
  • Member of the winning team composed of myself and two RPI engineering students
  • Modeled CAD to prototype and 3D print the most effective blade design for a wind turbine

Programming

Python, Java, C++, MATLAB, ROS, Arduino, Git, MongoDB, MySQL   GitHub

Webware

HTML, CSS, Javascript ES6, Bootstrap, Node.js, Flask

AWS

S3, EC2, DynamoDB, SageMaker, Elastic Beanstalk

Operating Systems

Ubuntu/Linux, Windows, MacOS

CAD

Autodesk Inventor, SolidWorks,OnShape, Autodesk HSM    grabCAD

Machines

FDM 3D printers, CNC router, Laser cutter, standard shop tools

Creative

Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, Autodesk Maya

MS Office

Word, Excel, Publisher, Powerpoint, Visio, Project

Projects


Contact


I am actively looking for full time position in Software Engineering and Robotics Engineering. I graduate in May of 2020.

I enjoy working on difficult, interdisciplinary problems at the intersection of hardware and software. I always look forward to leveraging my diverse set of skills on whatever project I may be working on.

I am also always on the lookout to coolaborate on projects or participate on competition teams.

If you have an employment opportunity, are doing some cool project, putting together a team for a competition, or simply have a question about me or my projects please contact me.